As the summer winds to a close, slow down this August with WORLD films that cast a light on often-overlooked communities and issues here at home and around the globe, from the return of Pacific Heartbeat with stories exploring fashion, surfing, agriculture and more in the Pacific Islands to an encore presentation of Afghanistan: The Wounded Land marking the second anniversary of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Charles Chiu and his family’s search for their roots takes them on an eye-opening journey through the Mississippi Delta, uncovering otherwise unknown stories and the racially complex history of Chinese immigrants in the segregated South. This Chinese American family’s unforgettable story offers a poignant and important perspective on race relations, immigration and American identity.
When Native Hawaiian fashion designer, Sharayah Chun-Lai receives an invitation from the world-renowned Runway 7 to showcase her brand, Ola Hou Designs, at the prestigious New York Fashion Week, she and her supportive family are tossed into a fast-paced world of planning, preparation and runway readiness to bring the spirit of the Big Island to the magic of the Big Apple.
In the 1960s, King Mohammed Zahir Shah opened up Afghanistan to the world. The city of Kabul looked like a European capital and the country was a destination for hippies in search of drugs and adventures. But Afghanistan was divided between the westernized elite and the majority population that was both traditional and poor. When communists seized power in 1978, a never-ending war began.
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What’s on WORLD this August? A new season of Pacific Heartbeat features four films exploring Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women navigating spaces like fashion, agriculture and surfing – watch Mondays at 8/7c.
And Doc World’s Afghanistan: The Wounded Land returns Sundays in August, marking two years since the official United States withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Find the full line-up in our monthly viewer’s guide, and be sure you’re subscribed to Stories from the Stage: The Podcast to download episodes every Monday!
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Through a series of four films narrated by "The Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini, Afghanistan: The Wounded Land creates an opportunity to learn about Afghanistan’s history, understand the struggles of others who are not unlike ourselves, and build a more peaceful and prosperous global future.
From Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia to Hawai'i, Oceania and beyond, many regions, people and cultures make up the Pacific Islands. Through rich and artistically-told stories about these Indigenous people and places, Pacific Heartbeat centers the beauty and diversity of the Pacific Islands. Four new films premiering in August present contemporary stories from Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women.
Peacemakers call for an end to a war that has divided the Korean peninsula and its people.
In partnership with Count Me In, the Broad Institute’s cancer research initiative, the stories as told in two new episodes, Living with Cancer and Beyond Cancer, explore the wide range of experiences an individual goes through when diagnosed with cancer.
Exploring the often-contradictory role played by Black soldiers in American history.
Powerful cleric Khadim Rizvi has one mission: to preserve Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.
Artists and activists fight to redefine belonging on both sides of the Atlantic.
Exploring the personal stories of people affected by gun violence in Chicago.
Brings to life compelling stories illuminating the contours of our ever-changing country.
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Local, USA features fascinating stories of diverse people, curated around a single theme.
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